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after the citizen ; " I will be with you in the hour of there, authority! he swallowed a hearty cup of wine cause.

to the happiness of the married couple, and began to " The King invites the guests," said George Heriot, amble about the room, mụmping, laughing, and without turning back.

cracking jests, neither the wittiest nor the most de"The base-born, ill-bred mechanic !" soliloquized licate, but accompanied and applauded by shouts of Sir Mungo, "if it were not the odd score of pounds his own mirth, in order to encourage that of the comhe lent me last week, I would teach him how to bear pany. Whilst bis Majesty was in the midst of this himself to a man of quality! But I will be at the gay humour, and a call to the banquet was anxiously bridal banquet in spite of him.".

expected, a servant whispered Master Heriot forth of Sir Mungo contrived to get invited, or command- the apartment. When he re-entered, he walked up ed, to attend on the bridal accordingly, at which to the King, and, in his turn, whispered something, there were but few persons present; for James, on at which James started. such occasions, preferred a snug privacy, which gave He is not wanting his siller ?" said the King, him liberty to lay aside the encumbrance, as he felt shortly and sharply. it to be, of his regal dignity. The company was very * By no means, my liege," answered Heriot. “It small, and indeed there were at least two persons ab- is a subject he states himself as quite indifferent sent whose presence might have been expected. The about, so long as it can pleasure your Majesty." first of these was the Lady Dalgarno, the state of Body of us, man!" said the King, "it is the whose health, as well as the recent death of her hus- speech of a true man and a loving subject, and we band, precluded her attendance on the ceremony. will grace him accordingly–what though he be but The other absentee was Richie Moniplies, whose con- a carle--a twopenny cat may look at a king. Swith, duct for some time past had been extremely myste- man! have him-pandite fores.-Moniplies ?—They rious. Regulating his attendance on Lord Glenvar- should have called the chield Monypennies, though I loch entirely according to his own will

and pleasure, sall warrant you English think we have not such a he had, ever since the rencounter in Enfield Chase, name in Scotland.” appeared regularly at his bed-side in the morning, to " It is an ancient and honourable stock, the Monyassist him to dress, and at his wardrobe in the even- pennies,” said Sir Mungo Malagrowther; "the only ing. The rest of the day he disposed of at his own loss is, there are sae few of the name. pleasure, without control from his lord, who had now “The family seems to increase among your couna complete establishment of attendants. Yet he was trymen, Sir Mungo," said Master Lowestoffe, whom somewhat curious to know how the fellow disposed Lord Glenvarloch had invited to be present, since of so much of his time; but on this subject Richie his Majesty's happy accession brought so many of showed no desire to be communicative.

On the morning of the bridal-day, Richie was par- Right, sir-right,” said Sir Mungo, nodding and ticularly attentive in doing all a valet-de-chạmbre looking at George Heriot; "there haye some of ourcould, so as to set off to advantage the very hand- selves been the better of that great blessing to the some figure of his master; and when he had arrang- English nation." ed his dress with the utmost exactness, and put to As he spoke, the door flew open, and in entered, to bis long curled locks what he called "the finishing the astonishment of Lord Glenvarloch, his late servtouch of the redding-kaim," he gravely kneeled down, ing-man Richie Moniplies, now sumptuously, nay, kissed his hand, and bade him farewell, saying that gorgeously, attired in a superb brocaded suit, and he humbly craved leave to discharge himself of his leading in his hand the tall, thin, withered, somewhat lordship's service.

distorted form, of Martha Trapbois, arrayed in a comWhy, what humour is this ?” said Lord Glenvar- plete dress of black velvet, which suited so strangely loch ; "ủ you mean to discharge yourself of my ser- with the

pallid and severe melancholy of her countevice, Richie, I suppose you intend to enter my wife's ?", nance, that the King himself exclaimed, in some per

"I wish her good ladyship that shall soon be, and turbation, "What the deil has the fallow brought us your good lordship, the blessings of as good a servant here? Body of our regal selves ! it is a corpse that as myself, in heaven's good time," said Richie; " but has run off with the mort cloth!" fate hath so ordained it, that I can henceforth only 'May I sifflicate your Majesty to be gracious unto be your servant in the way of friendly courtesy." her ?" said Richie;"being that she is, in respect of

Well, Richie," said the young lord, "if you are this morning's wark, my ain wedded wife, Mrs. Martired of service, we will seek some better provision tha Moniplies by name.' for you ; but you will wait on me to the church, and Saul of our body, man! but she looks wondrous partake of the bridal dinner ?"

grim," answered King James. Art thou sure she “Under favour, my lord," answered Richie, "I has not been in her time maid of honour to Queen must remind you of our covenant, having, presently Mary, our kinswoman, of red hot memory ?" some pressing business of mine own, whilk will de- "I am sure, an it like your Majesty, that she has tain me during the ceremony; but I will not fail to brought me fifty thousand pounds of good siller, and prie Master George's good cheer, in respect he has better; and that has enabled me to pleasure your made very costly fare, whilk it would be unthankful Majesty, and other folk." not to partake of."

"Ye need have said naething about that, man,'. Do as you list," answered Lord Glenvarloch; said the King; we ken our obligations in that sma' and having bestowed a passing thought on the whim-matter, and we are glad this rudas spouse of thine sical and pragmatical disposition of his follower, he hath bestowed her treasure on ane wha kens to put dismissed the subject for others better suited to the it to the profit of his King and country.-But how day.

the deil did ye come by her, man ?" The reader must fancy the scattered flowers which "In the auld Scottish fashion, my liege. She is strewed the path of the happy couple to church-the the captive of my bow and my spear," answered Moloud music which accompanied the procession--the niplies. "There was a convention that she should marriage service performed by a Bishop-the King, wed me when I avenged her father's death-80 I who met them at Saint Paul's, giving away the slew, and took possession." bride, -to the great relief of her father, who had thus "It is the daughter of Old Trapbois, who has been time, during the ceremony, to calculate the just quo- missed so long," said Lowestoffe. Where the devil tient to be laid on the pinion of report in a timepiece could you mew her up. so closely, friend Richie ?" which he was then putting together.

"Master Richard, if it be your will," answered When the ceremony was finished, the company Richie; "or Master Richard Moniplies, if you like it were transported in the royal carriages to George better. For mewing of her up, I found her a shelter, Heriot's, where a splendid collation was provided for in all honour and safety, under the roof of an honest the marriage-guests in the Foljambe apartments. countryman of my own-and for secrecy, it was a The King no sooner found himself in this snug re- point of prudence, when wantons like you were treat, than, casting from him his sword and belt with abroad, Master Lowestoffe." such haste as if they burnt his fingers, and flinging There was a laugh at Richie's magnanimous reply, his plumed hat on the table, as who should say, Liel on the part of every one but his bride, who made to

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him a signal of impatience, and said, with her usual | cluded, "colliga manus-caput obnubito-infelici susbrevity and sterness, -"Peace-peace. I pray you, pendite arbori." peace. Let us do that which we came for." So Lowestoffe answered, with dụe respect, that the saying, she took out a bundle of parchments, and scrivener had absconded at the

time of Lord Dalgardelivering them to Lord Glenvarloch, she said aloud, no's murder, and had not been heard of since. -"I take this royal presence, and all here, to wit- “Let him be sought for," said the King. ness, that I restore the ransomed lordship of Glen- now let us change the discourse-these stories make varloch to the right owner, as free as ever it was held one's very blood grew, * and are altogether unfit for by any of his ancestors.''

bridal festivity. Hymen, o Hymenee !" added he, 1 witnessed the redemption of the mortgage,” snapping his fingers, Lord Glenvarloch, what say said Lowestoffe; " but I liitle dreamt by whom it you to Mistress Moniplies, this bonny bride, that has had been redeemed.".

brought you back your father's estate on your bridal * No need ye should,” said Richie; "there would day?". have been small wisdom in crying roast-meat."

Let him say nothing, my liege," said Martha; "Peace," said his bride, "once more.-This paper," " that will best suit his feelings and mine." she continued, delivering another to Lord Glenvar- "There is redemption-money, at the least, to be reloch, "is also your property-take it, but spare me paid,” said Lord Glenvarloch; "in that I cannot rethe question how it came into my custody:

main debtor." The King had bustled forward beside Lord Glen- "We will speak of it hereafter," said Martha; "my varloch, and fixing an eager eye on the writing, ex- debtor you cannot be." And she shut her mouth as claimed - " Body of ourselves, it is our royal sign if determined to say nothing

more on the subject. manual for the money which was so long out of sight! Sir Mungo, however, resolved not to part with the -How came you by it, Mistress Bride ?"

topic, and availing himself of the freedoin of the moIt is a secret,” said Martha, dryly.

ment, said to Richie"A queer story that of your " A secret which my tongue shall never utter," said father-in-law, honest man; methinks your bride Richie, resolutely," unless the King commands me thanked you little for ripping it up.” on my allegiance."

"I make it a rule, Sir Mungo," replied Richie, "al"I'do-I do command you,” said James, trem- ways to speak any evil I know about my family mybling and stammering with the impatient curiosity of self

, having observed, that if I do not, it is sure to be å gossip; while Sir Mungo, with more malicious told by ither folks." anxiety to get at the bottom of the mystery, stooped * But, Richie,” said Şir Mungo, "it seems to me his long, thin form forward like a bent fishing-rod, that this bride of yours is like to be master and mair raised his thin gray locks from his ear, and curved in the conjugal state." his hand behind it to collect every vibration of the ex- "If she abides by words, Sir Mungo," answered pected intelligence. Martha in the meanume frown- Richie;" I thank Heaven I can be as deaf as any ed most ominously on Richie who went on undaunt- one; and if she comes to dunts, I have twa hands to edly to inform the King, "that his deceased father- paik her with." in-law, a good careful man in the main, had a touch 'Weel said Richie, again," said the King; "you of worldly wisdom about him, that at times marred have gotten it on baith haffits, Sir Mungo.—Troth, the uprightness of his walk'; he liked to dabble Mistress Bride, for a fule, your goodman has a pretty among his neighbour's gear, and some of it would at turn of wit." times stick to his fingers in the handling."

“There are fools, sire," replied she, who have wit, "For shame, man, for shame!" said Martha ; and fools who have courage-aye, and fools who "since the infamy of the deed must be told, be it at have learning, and are great fools notwithstanding. least briefly.-Yes, my lord,” she added, addressing I chose this man because he was my protector when Glenvarloch, the piece of gold was not the sole I was desolate, and neither for his wit nor his wisbait which brought the miserable old man to your dom. He is truly honest, and has a heart and hand chamber that dreadful night-his object, and he ac- that make amends for some folly. Since I was concomplished it, was to purloin this paper. The demned to seek a protector through the world, which wretched scrivener was with him that morning, is to me a wilderness, I may thank God that I have and, I doubt not, urged the doting old man to this come by no worse." villany, to offer another bar to the ransom of your And that is sae sensibly said,” replied the King, estate. If there was a yet more powerful agent at " that, by my saul, I'll try whether I canna make the bottom of the conspiracy, God forgive it to him him better. Kneel down, Richie-somebody lend me at this moment, for he is now where the crime must a rapier-yours, Mr. Langstaff; (that's a brave name be answered !"

for a lawyer,)-ye need not flash it out that gate *Amen!" said Lord Glenvarloch, and it was Templar fashion, as if ye were about to pink a bailif!" echoed by all present.

He took the drawn sword, and with averted eyes, For my father," continued she, with her stern for it was a sight he loved not to look on, endeavour features twitched by an involuntary and convulsive ed to lay it on Richie's shoulder, but nearly stuck it movement, his guilt and folly cost him his life ; into his eye. Richie starting back, attempted to rise, and my belief is constant, that the wretch, who but was held down by Lowestofle, while Sir Mungo, counselled him that morning to purloin the paper, guiding the royal weapon, the honour-bestowing blow left open the window for the entrance of the mur- was given and received; "Surge, carnifer-Rise up, derers.

Sir Richard Moniplies, of Castle-Collop !- And my Every body was silent for an instant; the King lords and lieges, let us all to our dinner, for the cockwas first to speak, commanding search instantly to a-leekie is cooling." be made for the guilty scrivener. "I, lictor," he con

* Thrill, or curdle.

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